It has not been a good year for Asian leaders and scandals. But that did not stop Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from hanging out at the IFC Mall last week and doing some luxury shopping while in town. Last Wednesday she dropped by the newly opened pen shop Caran d'Ache and its managing director, Marcel Pordes, did not miss a beat to greet Mrs Arroyo and offer a complimentary pen (below). And she accepted. We're glad to know that the Philippines is in such good order now that she has plenty of time to go shopping.